Ted Haggard Opens Up About His Past in New Documentary

The documentary and accompanying media event are not Haggard's only foray back into the public eye. In November, he took the pulpit as a guest at the 350-member Open Bible Fellowship in Morrison, Ill. There, he apologized for making his family suffer, acknowledged suicidal thoughts and chastised church leaders for missing an opportunity to use his scandal to "communicate the Gospel worldwide," according to local press reports.

Ted Haggard Left Adrift After Scandal

Though the evangelical church is no stranger to scandal, many leaders of the movement who were once close to Haggard, like James Dobson of Focus on the Family, have distanced themselves. And Leith Anderson, the evangelical association's current president, told ABCNews.com that his organization had not had any contact with Haggard since his resignation.

"It was Ted, unfortunately, who walked away from the restoration process he agreed to before it was completed," said H.B. London, vice president of church and clergy for Focus on the Family. "Those of us who joined together to help him in that process were disappointed by that decision, but we certainly wish him and his family well and keep them in our prayers."

"Personally, I think the church and its leaders went to great lengths to accommodate the Haggard family and to treat them with respect and great concern."

The film opens after Haggard has received "generous" severance pay to leave Colorado and seek a full "spiritual restoration," according to church officials.

Both Ted and Gayle Haggard's salaries of more than $200,000 were paid during 13 months and they were given a vehicle, housing allowance and counseling, as well as support for their special-needs son to attend a treatment center. The family also was provided with "the best counseling in the world" as they struggled with personal and marital issues, according to Boyd.

But in the Pelosi film, Haggard criticizes New Life's handling of his firing.

"The church has said, 'Go to hell,'" he says. "The church chose not to forgive me."

Church Bounces Back From Hard Times

The New Life Church was nearly devastated by the scandal, according to Boyd.

The 12,000-strong congregation was reduced to about 8,000, he told ABCNews.com.

"With his weekly calls to the White House, Ted Haggard had tremendous influence in the evangelical world," said Boyd.

"When this type of scandal hits, you can imagine the repercussions and the magnitude of the earthquake in the church world and around the country," he said.

But the membership has now bounced back to about 10,000.

Boyd said the tone of the film does not reflect the Haggards' relationship to the church today.

"Any time a high profile leader is removed, there's no easy way to do it, no matter how good the intentions," he said. "There is still a lot of pain and hurt, but a lot of the mistakes that were made in the process have been resolved."

Boyd has met with the Haggards since they returned to Colorado after the film was made. Haggard does not attend the church and has no leadership position, according to Boyd.

"But he would consider himself an evangelical," Boyd said. "He has no desire to be a pastor again, but he feels he has a message of redemption for a lot of people struggling with sexual issues."

Prostitute Finds Little Redemption

Mike Jones, who "outed" Haggard and wrote a book, "I Had to Say Something," spent two hours with Pelosi for the movie in June 2007, talking about the fallout after the scandal.

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